The goal of this project is to develop a suitable database management system that is capable of efficiently handling heavy query processing and analytics.
Rather than building an entire system from scratch, the project will be based on a stable existing open source database. The current target is postgresql, mainly because it already provides many of the desired features. It will be retrofitted in a way that favors reads over transactions, however transaction processing still shouldn't be a major pitfall.
The current objective is performance for operations that would otherwise run long times - to allow applications to perform more analysis and complex querying than with traditional databases; and, improve on the existing features of postgre. An additional feature is to provide for the ability to use the database for xml purposes, in a way that is transparent to the user; ie. they can use xquery and dump data as one would expect with a fully supported xml database.
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